Wooooooooooo! Creak….Creak…Ooooooooo! What’s that sound!? Did you hear that? It sounds like…Halloween! Yay! Celebrated in most western countries-- among them are the USA, European countries, Canada, Australia, The Dominican Republic, and even more. There is no holiday loved more by children around the world than Halloween. Yes, yes, Christmas is grand, but all kids love candy!
Candy! Candy! Trick or Treat!
Trick or treating began in the 1930’s, and kids were given mostly homemade treats. In the 1950’s candy companies started to catch on, and began marketing manufactured candies as an easier--and safer--product for kids. Today, Halloween is one of the most popular and expensive holidays, with Americans to spend $9 billion this year!
Is Halloween only about candy?
We all know kids love candy but is candy what Halloween’s all about? 2000 years ago, ancient Celts celebrated Halloween, originally called Samhain, and their new year on November 1st. The Celts’ superstition believed the barrier between the real world and the spirit world was thin during this time of year, and that all sorts of eerie ghosts and spellbinding spirits with magic powers could walk the earth!
So, what about costumes?
The Celts would have a giant party and dress up in scary outfits to frighten away the unwanted apparitions. They also hollowed out large turnips and put a burning coal inside to ward off shadowy specters--that’s where carving Jack-o-lanterns comes from! In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III made November 1st, All Saint’s Day, and the night before, All Hallows Eve—Allhalloweeve—Halloween!
This Halloween, Gululu wants to make family—not candy--the focus of the fun! Here we shared some “do it yourself” ideas the whole family can enjoy together!
Try some of these out to spur your own creativity:
Click here to create some Halloween Crafts
Halloween superhero capes with your name!??
What you'll need?
1. Remove backing, photo, and glass from frame.
2. Cut orange paper to match the size of the glass, then draw each jack-o'-lantern feature with a glue pen and immediately sprinkle with glitter before moving on to the next.
3. Cut an extended length of orange ribbon and wrap around the frame to cover; tape on the underside to secure. Replace frame backing to display.
Originally published in the October 2009 issue of Parents magazine.
Halloween Flashlight projections craft
This Halloween craft is pretty simple! First, pick up some flashlights. Next, get some cardstock for creating your shapes from your favorite craft store.
Cut your images to fit a basic flashlight, we sized them to be 2? (fit it to your flashlights’ opening size.) Note that the mini size ones did not project that well…
Once you cut your wanted shape, just tape them to the edge of your flashlight and shine it away!
We hope you have a wonderfully wicked Halloween!
From all of us here at BOO-lulu!
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